FAQ (Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing)

How long will the full-time program take to complete?

The program is an average of four years, full-time. For example, the BSN-PhD program is set up so that the student completes three years of coursework before comprehensive exams, followed the by the dissertation. The MS-PhD program has two years of full-time coursework prior to comprehensive exams. The length of time spent in dissertation will ultimately determine the total time to degree. You should refer to the specific course grids available on our website for each specialty.

Is there a part-time option?

We do now offer a part-time option in our PhD program. We require part-time students to be enrolled in at least 6 units per semester as opposed to at least 9 units for full-time study.

How much time is spent online versus on campus in Tucson?

The PhD program is considered an online program although there are times students must travel to Tucson. One requirement is for RISE (the Resident Intensive Summer Experience). RISE generally occurs for a week in August and students are required to attend for at least the first year of the program. In addition to RISE, students may be required to come to campus to participate in research or meet with a faculty advisor.

How many students do you admit per year?

We receive more than 40 applicants per admissions cycle for the PhD program. There is no set amount for number of students admitted. That decision will be made by the administrative team later in the spring based on faculty workload, total candidates recommended admission by the faculty, etc.

Do you require the GRE (or any other standardized entrance test)?

No. The College of Nursing does not require any standardized entrance test for any of programs.

How do I find a faculty mentor?

The applicant should identify potential mentor matches prior to applying. A formal arrangement is not necessary for application purposes. However, please be mindful that a good mentor match is an integral part of doctoral-level education, and the applicant should seek admission to a program where his or her interests are best suited. An applicant who does not have a strong research connection to the College may not be admitted.

How much will the program cost?

For more information regarding tuition and fees, please visit the Outreach College website.

Students living in WRGP (WICHE) states may be eligible for the tuition exchange program. If the applicant lists a WRGP-eligible state on their application, the application will be flagged and processed accordingly upon admission.

The College of Nursing does have a scholarship fund, and students in the PhD program can apply to those scholarships as well as university funds. Private funding sources, such as grants, the Nurse Faculty Loan Program and other sources can be researched online.

For more information contact:

Office of Student Support & Community Engagement
College of Nursing, Room 112
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (520) 626-3808 or 1-800-288-6158
Email: advanced@nursing.arizona.edu